Architecture is life, or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived.
I moved to Park Hill in 2003 after living in the Washington Park neighborhood for 16 years. I looked all over the city for a home but kept returning to Park Hill as though drawn by a magnet. I was attracted by the diversity of the homes and the people here, and also the trees. It reminded me of growing up in England and I loved both the sense of history in the neighborhood and the sense of community. I know that Park Hill will continue to evolve and change as a neighborhood, just as it always has in the past. I am happy about this because it means that Park Hill will remain a vibrant and inspiring place to live. I am also concerned that the sense of history and the unique spirit of the neighborhood isn’t lost in the process. I believe that historic designation will help with this.
I moved to Park Hill from the Denver suburbs in 2008. Park Hill has always been an area I’ve found beautiful. In fact, I used to dream about living here when, as a child growing up in northern Colorado, my family and I would visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo. We would drive in on busy weekends and park on the streets of Montview, Albion, and Ash. I have distinct memories of gazing at these historic homes and hoping, wishing, that one day I would live here. As I grew up I forgot that memory until one day it hit me–I was living EXACTLY where I had always wanted to. Park Hill has a special feel, a unique character defined not only by its residents and neighbors (although I’ll be prejudiced and say they’re the best neighbors in Denver!), but particularly by the architecture of the neighborhood. We have a great opportunity to preserve these historic homes, to ensure that they remain gorgeous and well-treated not only by us, but by generations of future Park Hill residents.
In 2001, shortly after getting married, we moved to Park Hill. We spent months looking at different houses in different neighborhoods in Denver and kept being drawn back to Park Hill. We loved the diversity of the neighborhood, both in terms of the residents and the architecture. We loved the single blocks of retail and restaurants mixed in with the houses. We loved that the varied size of the houses made the neighborhood attainable for people in multiple stages of their lives: single home owners, newly married couples, parents with children, and older couples who are “empty nesters”. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and parks was a definite attraction, but the same could be said for Cherry Creek North, Hilltop, and Wash Park. But this neighborhood felt comfortable, it felt neighborly. Frankly, it felt like home from the very first night we spent in our house. Walking the streets of Park Hill on our nightly walks reaffirms for us that we made the right decision to move here. We want this neighborhood feel to continue for years to come and think that the best way to maintain that feel is to preserve the character and architecture through historic designation.